Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood)

GENERIC NAME: Artemisia absinthium

BRAND NAME: Wormwood

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Artemisia absinthium is shrubby plant; the flowers and leaves are used for medicine and flavoring for alcoholic drinks. Artemisia absinthium oil contains thujones which can stimulate the nervous system. Artemisia absinthium is promoted for treating digestive problems and worm infections. Individuals should consult their doctor before taking Artemisia absinthium compounds.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Artemisia absinthium is available in liquid extract, oil, and powder forms. Artemisia absinthium is also available in certain alcoholic beverages. Concentration of Artemisia absinthium may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

STORAGE: Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Artemisia absinthium, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Artemisia absinthium is commonly used for loss of appetite and indigestion. Artemisia absinthium is also used to improve sexual desire, fever, and liver disease. Artemisia absinthium is topically used for wound and insect bites.

DOSING: Dosing of Artemisia absinthium is not established; however, oral consumption should be in appropriate amount to avoid harmful adverse effects.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Artemisia absinthium should be used with caution with individuals suffering from seizures or taking seizure medications like phenobarbital, valproic acid (Depakene), primidone (Mysoline), gabapentin (Neurontin), carbamazepine (Tegretol), and phenytoin (Dilantin). Artemisia absinthium can cause seizures and lower the effectiveness of seizure medications.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on Artemisia absinthium to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether Artemisia absinthium enters breast milk. It is best to avoid it in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of Artemisia absinthium are nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, seizures, kidney failure, insomnia, hallucinations, and tremors.

REFERENCE: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Wormwood.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2014



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